Journal of Biomedical and Sustainable Healthcare Applications

Advantages and Functions of Clinical and Decision Support Systems

Dowse R, Pharmacy Division, University of Ghana, Legon Boundary, Accra, Ghana.

Journal of Biomedical and Sustainable Healthcare Applications

Received On : 31 January 2021

Revised On : 25 March 2021

Accepted On : 30 July 2021

Published On : 05 January 2022

Volume 02, Issue 01

Pages : 043-050


Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs) signify the framework shift in the medical sector in the modern age. CDSSs are utilized in augmenting healthcare facilities in the process of making complex clinical decisions. Since the first application of CDSSs in the 80s, the framework has witnessed significant transformation. The frameworks are now administered through electronic healthcare records with complex capacities. Irrespective of these complex advancements, there are existing questions concerning the impacts of CDSSs on service providers, healthcare costs, and patients’ records. There are many published texts concerning the success stories of CDSSs, but significant setbacks have proved that CDSSs are not without any potential risks. In this research, we provide critical analysis on the application of CDSSs in clinical setting, integrating various forms, present application cases with proven effectiveness, potential harms and common pitfalls. We therefore conclude with evidence-centered recommendation for mitigating the issues of CDSSs maintainability, evaluation, implementation and designing.


Diagnostic Decision Support System (DDSS), Clinical Decision Support Systems (CDSSs), Electronic Health Records (EHRs), Drug-Drug Integration (DDI).

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Cite this article

Dowse R, “Advantages and Functions of Clinical and Decision Support Systems”, Journal of Biomedical and Sustainable Healthcare Applications, vol.2, no.1, pp. 043-050, January 2022. doi: 10.53759/0088/JBSHA202202006.


© 2022 Dowse R. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.